Keynote Speaker

 Michael J. Bond '75, M.D.

Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

Orlando, Florida

Michael J. Bond, M.D., a 1975 SUNY Cortland graduate and pediatric dermatologist who has greatly influenced the practice of his medical specialty, is a board-certified physician in pediatrics and dermatology and was the only pediatric dermatology consultant to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for 20 years.

Since 2003, Bond has served as the medical director of Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, a practice with 100 offices based in Orlando, Fla. It is considered to be the largest dermatology specialty practice in the country. There, he established the largest mid-level dermatology internship in the U.S.

Bond has trained extensively in laser surgery to treat young children with vascular birthmarks. He developed a procedure to surgically remove congenital giant birth moles in infants and young children.

In 2003, Bond established the largest recognized dermatology training program for physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the country. He also served for 21 years as the director of education for the mid-south chapter of the national organization addressing Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Trained by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals, he has conducted extensive clinical research, collecting biological samples on a massive scale for the sake of genetic study and investigating topical treatments for different childhood skin conditions.

Bond became a member of the Society of Pediatric Dermatology in 1981, shortly after this subspecialty of dermatology was formed, and has presented numerous papers at the society’s national and international meetings. His topics have included the diagnosis and treatment of rare dermatological disorders, the malignant potential of giant congenital moles and their surgical removal; a revolution in the surgical management of giant congenital moles, painless injections and living with and caring for children with catastrophic skin diseases. Bond also presents at other national dermatology gatherings. His scholarly findings have been published in Dermatology, Pediatrics and Psychology.

Bond established a student-managed medical talk show through Germantown High School in Wisconsin that ran for 16 years on public television. On the show, he and a designated student interviewed medical guests. He has mentored students and lectured at high schools on the importance of maintaining ethics.

Bond became a passionate scuba diver after taking the first scuba diving course ever offered at SUNY Cortland. Since then, he has taken dive trips around the world and conducted field research in marine geology in the Caribbean with Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University. He also took part in developing the first and most detailed map of the ocean floors.

An accomplished underwater wildlife photographer, Bond’s writing has been published in Marine Geology and National Geographic.

When he graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Cortland in 1975 with his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree, Bond was only the second alumnus to be directly accepted into an American medical school, in his case the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y.  Bond, who grew up in Spring Valley, N.Y., completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of South Florida and his dermatology residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Before his current appointment in 2003, Bond was in private practice for 19 years in Memphis, Tenn. During this time, he was the dermatologist for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Bond is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Dermatology. His memberships also include the American Academy of Dermatology.